Approval Details

Valid E.O.


This Executive Order approved the specified parts on on June 29, 1992.
As of Monday, October 14th, 2019 this Executive Order has not been overturned or superceeded.

Approved Parts

Part NumberModels
52001992 or older vehicles with 16 cylinders or less, spark ignited 12V neg. ground elec. system, coil with ext. ballast resistor EXCEPT 1975 and newer with HEI.
82001992 and older with 16 cylinder. or less, spark ignited 12V negative ground elec. system, internal/external ignition coil
84601992 and older Chevrolet V-8 vehicles
84741975-1992 vehicles with Chevrolet V-8 engines
86821992 and older GM with 4, 6, or 8 cylinder engines, conventional HEI dist. with vacuum advance 1992 and older Ford with TEI ignition.
87251992 and older LDV, LDT, MDT and HDT 4, 6, or 8 cylinder. 12V neg. ground elec. system, internal/external coil, spark ignited dist. EXCEPT capacitive ignition system, multi- spark ignition system.
87821992 and older 4, 6, or 8 cylinder. vehicles with 12V ignition system, external coil

This Executive Order may be listed as:
  • C.A.R.B.E.O. D-40-12
  • Executive Order 40-12 / D40-12
  • ARB # D-40-12
  • Executive Order No: D-40-12
  • C.A.R.B. No. D-40-12
  • Resolution D-40-12
For Free CARB Executive Order Status verification, email an image of the device Executive Order label as well as the Year/Make/Model and Test Group # of the vehicle to [email protected]

Download: Executive Order D-40-12 PDF

D-40-12 Document:

                                                             (Page 1 of 2)

                            State of Californta
                            AIR RESOURCES BOARD

                          EXECUTIVE ORDER O—40—12
                 Relating to Exemptions Under Section 27156
                            of the Vehicle Code


Pursuant to the authority vested in the Air Resources Board (ARB) by Section
27166 of the Vehicle Code; and

Pursuant to the authority vested in the undersigned by Sections 39515 and
39516 of the Health and Safety Code and Executive Order §—45—5;

IT IS ORDERED AND RESOLVED: That the installation of the Multi—Strike
Discharge (MSD) ignition systems shown in "Attachment A", and manufactured
by Autotronic Control Corporation of 1490 Henry Brennan Drive, E1 Paso,
Texas 79936 have been found not to reduce the effectiveness of required
motor vehicle pollution control systems and, therefore, are exempt from the
prohibitions in Vehicle Code Sections 27156 and 38391 for installation on
model—year vehicles shown.

This exemption shall not apply to any devices, apparatus, or mechanism
advertised, offered for sale or sold with, or installed or, a motor vehicle
prior to or concurrent with transfer to an ultimate purchaser .

This Executive Order (E.0.) is valid provided that installation instructions
for the MSD ignition systems will not recommend tuning a vehicle to
specifications different from those submitted by : the systems manufacturer.
Additionally, the mechanical and vacuum ignition timing curves individually
must not under any conditions exceed those of the original production unit
or original manufacturer‘s service replacement unit by more than + 4
crankshaft degrees.

Changes made to the design or operating conditions of the XSD 1gn1t10n
systems exempted by the ARB. that adversely affect the performance of a
venicle‘s pollution control system shall invalidate this £.0.

Marketing of the MSD ignition systems using identifications other than those
shown in this E.0. or marketing of the MSD ignition system:s for applications
other than those listed in "Attachment A" shall be prohibited unless prior
approval is obtained from the ARB. Exemption of the MSD ignition systems
shall not be construed as exemption to sell, offer for sale, or advertise
any component of the individual MSD ignition system as an individual device.

This.E.q. does not constitute any opinion as to the effect the use of the
MSD ignition systems may have on any warranty either expressed or implied by
the vehicle manufacturer.


"MSO IGNITION SYSTEMS®                             (Page 2 of 2)

No clatm of any kind, such as "Approved by the Air Resources Board" may be
made with respect to the action taken herein in any advertising or other
oral or written communication.

Section 17500 of the Business and Professions Code makes untrue or
misleading advertising unlawful, and Section 17534 makes violation
punishable as a misdemeanor .

Section 43644 of the Health and Safety Code provides as fsllows :

   "43644, (a) No person shall install, sell, offer for sale, or advertise,
   or, except in an application to the statse board for certification of a
   device, represent, any device as a motor vehicle pollution control device
   for use on any used motor vehicle unless that device has been certified
   by the state board. No person shall sell, offer for sale, advertise, or
   represent any motor vehicle pollution control device as a certified
   device which, in fact, is not a certified device.   Any violation of this
   subdivision is a misdemeanor ."

Any apparent violation of the conditions of this Executive Order will be
submitted to the Attorney Seneral of California for such action as he deems
advisable.                                   + 4

Executed at E1 Monte, California, this A7

                                        Agistant Division Chief
                                        Mobile Source Division


                                                                                                       (Page 1 of 2)
                                                  ATTACHMENT "A"
                                          s                                 _

    igce                     _ __P/N__   ___z.~._Yablele                                                     Exc\ uaiena
MSD 85 Iqnition Syetem       ~> 5200     1992 and older model~year vehicies with                1975 end newer nodel=—yeer
                             (           18 cylinders or less, spark—ignited 12¥                GM vehiclies with HEI
                                         negative ground electrical system, col t               aya t on .
                                         with external bailast resistor.

MSD Chrome Bloaster Coi i        8200     1992 and older model—year vehicies with               None
                                          106 cylinders or less, spark~lgnited 12V
                                         _negatIve ground electricol systenm,
                                          Internal/external   ignition coi i.

MSD Olatributor                  8460    1992 oand ol|der model—year Chevrolet             V8   None
                                         voh i ol es .

MSD Distributor                  8461     1992 and ol der model—year vehiclies                  None
                                         equlpped with Chevrolet    V8 engine;
                                         device    to be used with MSD 6,       7,   and
                                         8 ignition series.

MSD HEI   Distributor Klt        8474    1975—1992 model—year vehiclies with                    None
                                         Chevrolet VB engine.

MSD Blue Ribbon Adjustabie       8681     1992 and older GM vehiclies equipped                  198 1—1986 GM vehicies
Timing Control                           with MEI    lIgnition system, C—3 or C—4               equlipped with vecuue
                                         computer, internal coli; 1981—1980 GM                  advence on     the
                                         vehlolese with C—3 or C—4 somputer                     dletributor;        1978~—1988
                                         sommend, and 4—wlire plug—in computer                  GM vehicies with MEI
                                         cable connector .                                      sysetem, vocuum aedvance on
                                                                                                the distributor, internai
                                                                                                or external     coi l ,
                                                                                                electronic     spark contro|
                                                                                                distributors with vaecuusm
                                                                                                advance, A4—wire plug—in
                                                                                                connector     for    knock
                                                                                                sensor control; 1988—1986
                                                                                                4 cyliinder engines with
                                                                                                computer command control,
                                                                                                distributor mounted col | .

                                                                                                      (Page 2 of 2)

                  .           |                     P agie                        _

____Daylga                             P/N          Yehicle Appliicatlon.__________          ______Erglusfonga._________
MSD Blue Ribbon Timing                 86B2   1992 ond olider model—year 4, 8 or 8
Cont ro i                                     cylinder GM vehiclies, conventional HEI
                                              dilatributor with vocuum odvance;       1992
                                              and older model—year Ford vehiclies with
                                              TEl   liqnitlion systenm.

MSO Bilue Ribbon Electronic   3725            1992 and oider modei—year LDV, LDT,              Copacitlve    ignition syatem
Engine Governor                               MOT, and HODT 4, 6 or 8 cyiinder,                multi—spark    igniltion.
                                              12V negaoative ground electricai
                                              syatem, internal/external coi |,
                                              spark     ignited distributor.

MSO Biue Ribbon Adjustable     3778           19786—1983 4, 6 or 8 cylinder Ford               None
Timing Control|                               vehictes equipped with a biue,
                                              yellow or white strain rel ieft on
                                               ignition module.

MSD Blue Ribbon Adjustoble        6779         1972—1992 4, 6 or 8 cylinder                    None
Timing Controi                                 Chrysler vehicies equipped with 4
                                  [t          ~orS5—pin OEMelTectronlic ignltion
                                  ;            modu | e .

MSD Biue Rlibbon Un|versal        8782        1992 oand older model=—year 4, 6 or 8
Adjuetebie Timing Gentrei                     oy t inder vehlebose with 12V |gon}tleon
                                              syeteonmn, —external |y—mountoed ignit on
                                              cel I .

MSD Biue Ribbon Adjustable        «788         1970—1983 model=—year 4, 8 or 8
Timing Cont rol                                cylinder Ford vehicies with brown
                                               stroinm relief and equipped with
                                               ILgnition module.

Document Created: 2005-09-01 12:42:11
Document Modified: 2005-09-01 12:42:11

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